ELC 22, LeMars 21: A miraculous finish
LEMARS – Estherville Lincoln Central saw LeMars steal a victory from the jaws of defeat and then the Midgets stole it right back.
“To snatch it away from them (LeMars) is so sweet,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz after his team thrilling 22-21 victory.
While the two teams battled up and down the field for more than 3 1/2 quarters to a 7-6 LeMars lead, the endgame will be one to remember for a long time.
With 4:31 left in the game, ELC took a 14-7 lead after an 8-yard run by Jordan Eggers and subsequent a two-point conversion pass from Alex Arends to Spencer Johnson.
LeMars went to the air, but eventually scored on an 11-yard run by Levi Price with 2:24 remaining.
While the Bulldogs missed the point-after attempt allowing ELC to hang on to a 14-13 lead, the Midgets couldn’t move the ball on their next possession.
LeMars got the ball back with just over a minute remaining and again got a big pass play to get within striking distance.
Quarterback Tyler Candor went in on the quarterback sneak and then had the two-point conversion for a 21-14 Bulldog lead with 28 seconds remaining.
That could’ve been the game, but ELC got good field position using laterals to move the ball up the field.
From scrimmage, a pass interference call gave the Midgets 15 yards.
ELC gave the appearance of pass and Arends elected to run the ball on a 22-yard run to the LeMars 20.
On the next play, ELC sent its receivers to the right, Arends rolled out and again elected to run.
He appeared to be stopped inside the 5-yard line and then ELC got a push and were in the endzone.
Trailing 21-20 with no time on the clock, ELC elected to go for the win.
The Midgets threw all their weight to the right side and Jordan Eggers finished the 22-21 with the two-point conversion.
“I’m extremely proud of our kids that they never gave up,” said ELC coach Jerry Shultz. “What a great way for these seniors to go out.”
Neither team had much offense in the first half.
Unofficially, ELC had just 80 yards at the break and LeMars had 77 yards.
The bulk of the Midgets’ yards came from Jordan Eggers who led ELC on its first drive, scoring on a 5-yard run with 6:43 remaining in the first quarter.
ELC failed on the extra-point attempt.
The score was still 6-0 at halftime despite LeMars giving the Midgets a couple opportunities.
Chance Moore jumped on a Bulldog fumble and Eggers intercepted a pass late in the first half, but ELC couldn’t take advantage of either mistake.
Eggers ended the game with an unofficial 118 yards on 30 carries. Arends had 44 yards on 10 carries.
Arends completed six passes for 34 yards. Jeremy Hunt had two catches for 25 yards, Fandel had two catches for 28 yards and Johnson and Eggers each had a catch.
ELC seniors playing in their final regular season game are Dylan Sievert, Keith Fandel, Chance Moore, Joel Christensen, Ryan Kaltved, Jordan Eggers, Justin Blinkmann, Casey Edwards, Aaron Andrews, Kyle Grems, Alejandro Leon, Bob Weideman, Orlando Kiefer, Ryan Hofmeyer, Aaron Reetz and Nathan Hecht.
“Those kids have been part of a lot of big victories here at Estherville,” said Shultz.